Kashmir people suffer tight security ahead of Republic Day

Srinagar Jan 17, 2011 (Calcutta Tube / AIG): While as people elsewhere in the country are eagerly looking forward to celebrate the Republic-Day ahead, people in Kashmir valley have started feeling the heat in run up to the event.

People are suffering immensely due to the tight security arrangements’ across the city and other major towns of Kashmir. Security has been beefed up across Srinagar city and other major towns of the valley in run-up to the event to be celebrated on January 26. Tight security arrangements’ are in place around the Bakshi stadium, the venue, where the grand Republic-Day function is held every year.

While as security forces are conducting thorough frisking of bikers in the city, passenger vehicles, bikers and also the private vehicles are frisked across other major towns of the valley. Reports from North Kashmir said that CRPF and police was deployed in strength in Kupwara, Handwara, Baramulla, Sopore and Bandipora towns. In addition at some places in these towns Army has been deployed to ensure fool-proof security arrangements.

CRPF and police wearing bullet proof jackets, holding automatic weapons and bamboo sticks have been deployed at vital installations including Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar) in the city center, Jehangir Chowk, Dalgate, Hazratbal and few other places. Bullet proof vehicles are put on alert at these places.

Sources told Agence India Press that CCTV cameras have also been installed at vital installations in the city and other major towns to keep vigil on people and transport mobility. Reports reaching Agence India Press said that security forces’ have been deployed around hospitals’ as well to keep vigil on peoples’ and transport mobility in major towns of valley.

People are suffering immensely in view of tight security arrangements especially in North Kashmir towns. “It took us more than 90 minutes to cover 20-kilometer distance from Handwara to Kupwara as security forces held thorough frisking of vehicle and passengers at least at four places. Apart from frisking, the cops’ also spoiled time asking too many trivial questions,” said Mohammad Hussain of Handwara.

Similar reports were received from South Kashmir towns of Pulwama, Shopian, Anantanag and Kulgam. Reports said that frisking of commuters and passenger vehicles has been intensified in run up to the event.

Amin Masoodi / Agence India Press

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